From April 4th to June 4th The Ripple Effect ran a campaign on the excellent online music website ReverbNation (www.reverbnation.com). This campaign allowed any artist or band registered with ReverbNation to submit their music to The Ripple Effect for possible review on the site and airplay on The Ripple Effect radio shows. When all was said and done we had received 4,799 submissions! Incredible! The purpose of this column is to highlight those artists and bands whose musical submissions I accepted as being worthy of consideration. While these are not reviews per se, I’m going to provide a brief rundown of what to expect from each artist/band, a sample when available, and a link to check out more on their corresponding ReverbNation page.
LB Collective – What’s this? A pop rock duo from Atlanta, GA that’s what! Their song submission made a big impression on me thanks to its unique lyrical content. Seriously, I can’t come up with one other song dedicated to the disillusionment people feel concerning the declassification of Pluto as a planet. Brilliant I say! It also helps that I find Laura Benjamin’s voice fairly enchanting. Similar artists include Sarah Bareilles and Joni Mitchell.
ReverbNation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/lbcollective
Song Sample – “Goodbye Pluto” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEo3LG-SfEQ&feature=player_embedded#!
Sue Quigley – Now this waveriders is one talented singer songwriter. She calls Seattle, WA home and her song submission really wowed me. It rocked! I dug everything from the earnest, honesty-exuding vocal performance to the grungy electric guitar work anchoring the song’s verses. Another song I sampled sounded quite a bit sunnier but still maintained a rock edge. Very nice! Similar artists include Brandi Carlisle, Matt Kearney, and Cat Power.
ReverbNation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/suequigley
Song Sample – “Actress” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zBqrFAknLg&feature=relmfu
Faire D’Ophelia – This one’s for all those folks out there yearning to hear some medieval Celtic music performed with a classic rock feel. Of course this trio is from Australia. Adelaide to be exact. I found their submission to be rather powerful for a vocal/acoustic guitar driven affair. Wonderful vocal performance! Similar artists include Fleetwood Mac (unplucked), Celtic Women, and Blackmore’s Night. Take a listen.
ReverbNation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/fairedophelia
Song Sample – “Maiden Of The Night”
Unsound – Ah yes, metal. Sweet, sweet metal. This five piece band from Raleigh, NC comes out of the gate swinging for the fences. Their song submission begins with some crunchy guitar riffing and proceeds to mash the accelerator pedal. The vocals are mostly clean and melodic, but during the choruses a screamer is added and the pair sounds great. If you are a fan of modern melodic metal give these guys a shot.
ReverbNation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/unsoundlive
Song Sample – “Prodigy”
Blak Lyons – Straight out of Buenos Aires, AR comes this alternative/indie rock quartet whose song submission completely caught my ear. Said submission has a strong 1970s blues vibe at its core. As the song progresses I’m able to hear a little post grunge influence creep into the mix as well. Totally groovy stuff! Two of their other songs sounded great too! Similar artists include Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and The Killers.
ReverbNation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/blaklyons
Song Sample – “Pursuit”
Parlor Kids – Goodness gracious does this young man’s song submission groove! This Austin, TX based artist has a bio that labels his work rock/psychedelic. Well whatever he chooses to call it the music harkens back to vintage rock and roll of yesteryear, and it sounds fantastic! Simply undeniable groove. Follow the link waveriders, but don’t blame me when listening to one song is not enough.
ReverbNation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/parlorkids